My second digital camera—if you don’t count the one in that Nokia phone, if it even had a camera, and I don’t think it did… I don’t even recall what phone that was, so I don’t—was the Sony CyberShot DSC-T9.
I bought it in 2006 and carried it around fairly religiously until the iPhone 4.
The T9 was much friendlier to me than the Fuji had been. I couldn’t (or didn’t) use it to shoot artwork, but it was near good-enough to take around to parties and take pictures of friends.
That’s pretty much what I used it for too. There’s little in the way of random shots around the house (like I have from every other camera), not much in the way of artistic or nature shots, etc.
But I did find these two. I really like the one at the top.
In some ways, smartphones have more or less replaced little cameras like the T9. I sometimes think about picking up a new pocket compact, but the one I bought to replace this one got sold late last year because it sat on the shelf for almost all of 2014.
These days, the iPhone is good enough for most walk-around purposes, and the LC-A or Ricoh 35 ZF or Nikon FG are small enough and far better image producers than any small-sensor (or large senson) compact camera.
That’s the view out of the living room window of the apartment in Springfield, IL where I lived for three years while pursuing my BA. Good color, after some edits, and nice texture from the blinds.
Anyway. I sold the T9 on ebay for $50 or so in 2010. I didn’t package it well enough, and the USPS threw it around and cracked the screen in route to the NYC pawn shop that bought it. I refunded their money and kept the pictures of my friends and family from that time. There are some definite keepers there, if only for me and to aid my memory. Continue reading “From the Archives: the CyberShot DSC-T9”